Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Public Giving Up On Schools

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 11:29 AM

A Tennessean poll shows nearly half of likely voters actually want the state to take over our schools. That’s how little faith we have in our local officials. This depressing news ought to prompt emergency meetings with the mayor, the Metro Council and school board members discussing ways to restore public confidence. Here's the Tennessean's helpful explanation for what might be wrong:
Metro schools have been without a director since last school year. The absence of a clear leader and well-understood plan for improvement may be contributing to a general belief that some sort of change is in order, said Ellen Goldring, an education policy specialist at Vanderbilt who has studied Metro schools and parents. "Perhaps they are looking for someone to be 'in charge' and set a path, set a course and articulate what that path and that course to school improvement is," Goldring said.
No kidding. Putting someone in charge and developing an improvement strategy—that sounds like a logical first step. Meantime, maybe the school board should refrain from pissing off half the city with an ill-conceived rezoning plan.

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